There were 11 hips sold for $100,000 or more during the June 12 opening session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales June 2-Year-Olds and Horses of Racing Age Sale. Two of those hips graduated from a South Point Sales yearling consignments last year.
Among them is Hip #100, a Daredevil colt from the Wavertree Stables consignment that was hammered down for $245,000 to perennial leading owner Paul Reddam.
The final price was the second-highest ever paid for a foal from the first crop of Daredevil, only $5,000 less than the price tag commanded by another 2-year-old colt at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale.
“We thought he was the outstanding physical of the sale,” said Steven Venosa, who signed Wednesday’s ticket on Reddam’s behalf. “He worked well on the racetrack, showed well, and did everything right.”
Bred in Kentucky by B.P. Walden Jr., Hip 100 is out of the U S Ranger mare Bible and is from the family of Metropolitan Handicap (G1) winner Corinthian. He was purchased as a yearling by the Redwings pinhooking partnership, of which Reddam is a member, for $72,000 from South Point Sales Agency’s consignment to The July Sale, Fasig-Tipton’s select yearling sale in Lexington, Ky.
During the under tack show, the colt was one of three individuals to breeze a bullet quarter-mile in :20 3/5.
“The horse came here, showed up, and did what he needed to do,” Venosa said. “There are good horsemen here looking and evaluating horses. They can separate the bad ones from the good ones, so we’ll find out. Time will tell if this was a good one.”
“We’re very proud of him,” added consignor Ciaran Dunne. “He’s always demonstrated to us that he could run, so we will find out.”
Another South Point yearling grad, Hip #168 now named Paynter Son, also commanded a six-figure final bid, selling to Winning Move Stable for $100,000. The son of Haskell S. (G1) hero Paynter was offered by South Point Sales at last year’s Keeneland September auction.